NGO Cautions Hospitals against Rejecting Patients with Ebola-Like Symptoms
The Civil Society Awareness Response on Epidemic Diseases, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has cautioned health workers in hospitals across Africa against rejecting patients with symptoms similar to Ebola.
The NGO warned that the nation should strive to avoid a repeat of challenges regarding improper handling of HIV/AIDS disease when it was initially recorded in the country, describing such development as capable of fueling mismanagement of the Ebola epidemic.
According to a report from the Nigerian Tribune, Stephen Aremu, coordinator of the organization, addressed a press conference in Osogbo on Monday, Aug. 25 and “decried the poor level of engagement of civil societies and communities in the approach to tackle EVD (Ebola virus disease), stressing that government-led response to the scourge focused more on its effects on the health sector.”
Due to poor understanding of the disease and how it can be managed, Aremu stated that “a patient living with HIV, but manifesting symptoms relating to Ebola was rejected in several hospitals he went to for medical help in Lagos. It is frightening that medical personnel could do such a thing.”
“We have also had reports from other states in the country of rejection of patients by health care givers over the fear that they may be Ebola patients. So far, reports from all these rejected patients indicated that they are not carrying the disease, but were denied attention by those that should take care of them,” Aremu added.
Aremu went on to advocate the active involvement of civil society groups by all tiers of government in monitoring the Ebola disease. He expressed optimism that this approach would aid in controlling the spread and the debilitating effect of the disease.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”